As the last team to get its head coach in place for 2012, Tampa Bay now has a tough task of assembling a staff of assistants after many of the best coaches available have already been hired elsewhere. But new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano may be reaching into his past to add an experienced coach to his staff.
Peter King reports in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Schiano wants former Browns head coach Butch Davis on his staff, either as defensive coordinator or assistant head coach.
Schiano and Davis have been close since Schiano was the defensive coordinator and Davis was the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes in 1999 and 2000. Davis left that job to become head coach of the Browns, and Davis was also a well-respected defensive coach with the Cowboys in the 1990s. So he has significant NFL experience, even though, like Schiano, he has been a college head coach in recent years.
Davis was fired as head coach at North Carolina in July, in the wake of an NCAA investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible contacts between players and agents.